67's shoot for new goal: More scoring

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

While the Senators are having no trouble scoring goals, it's not the same for the city's major junior hockey team.

The 67's are experiencing a power shortage.

Ottawa (6-8-2) has scored 46 times in 16 games this season and ranks near the bottom of the heap in the OHL in offensive production.

Only Brampton and Mississauga have scored fewer goals.

It's not the kind of statistic coach Brian Kilrea wants to see, especially with a club with a potent offence like the Barrie Colts arriving for a game tonight at the Civic Centre (7:30 p.m.).

"What's happening is that we're not working hard enough," said Kilrea. "We've got to score more goals and we've got to find a way to get things done."

Kilrea wants to see more production from his veterans.

"I think we're trying to be too fancy out there and trying to do too many things," he said.

Heading into tonight's action, no 67's player is ranked in the top 50 in league scoring.

Julian Talbot leads the team with five goals and 15 points, which put him -- fittingly -- 67th on the scoring list prior to last night's games.

Meanwhile, winger Bryan Bickell has been held off the scoresheet during the last five games, and more is expected from the Chicago Blackhawks' second-round draft pick.

"I don't know if we're going for the fancy goals, because we haven't really made any of those yet," said Bickell. "I think we just need to drive to the net and, hopefully, the bounces come our way."

KUDOS FOR MR. LAHEY: For the first time since Jan. 9 of last season, Matt Lahey was back in the 67's lineup Wednesday in Belleville. He scored one of Ottawa's two goals in a 4-2 loss, and Kilrea said he was impressed with his work. Lahey, a first-round pick in the 2004 OHL draft, suffered a concussion last January and missed the remainder of the 2004-05 season.

IN THE CREASE: Ottawa picked up D Brent Mackie off waivers yesterday. The Metcalfe native began the season in Kingston ... Back-up G Brady Morrison twisted a knee during the warmup in Belleville and couldn't practice yesterday. Darren MacDonald of the Jr. B Arnprior Packers suited up to take Morrison's place during yesterday's skate. Kilrea hopes Morrison will be in uniform tonight against Barrie ... RW Arron Alphonso hurt his right knee during last Saturday's game in Oshawa and will be out tonight against the Colts. He's hoping to return next weekend.


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